Dec 21, 2012 5:30pm PST
this evening's collaboration of our national news and science programs. yesterday, she sat down with education secretary arne duncan for the special. it was the former chicago public school superintendent's first interview since the killings. here's part of their conversation. >> secretary duncan where does the responsibility lie for action here? >>it lies on all of us. l of us as parents, as community leaders, as religious leaders, as political leaders. no one gets to pass on this. and this is to the a time to point fingers or lay blame. often these things, there are lots of inclinations to do that but this is complex and anyone who wants to say there is a simple answer here i think does a great disservice to the complexity and urgency of fundamentally trying to make our country a safer place for our chilen. >> ifill: the prident has skedhe committee that you will be on, that vice president biden is going to spearhead to come up with solution or approaches within a month, before the state of the union speech. do you worry that the outrage is going to fade before that happens? >> i don't worry
Dec 21, 2012 5:30pm PST
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Dec 22, 2012 5:00am PST
you know science has come a long way and we know a lot more about mental illness and health in general. has health changed though. >> has our mental illness changed in this society or are we recognizing it more? >> we're definitely recognizing it more. if you take someone that's helpless and hopeless and that can occur when someone is depressed or frustrated and doesn't seek -- or someone's got a disorder and is about to go through the juvenile justice system, they feel so helpless no other skills they lash out. this year alone, 5,000 teenagers will commit suicide. 600,000 will attempt suicide and will need an emergency room visit. that statistic is 40 years old. for the last 40 years that's happened every year. we have a way of just ignoring this, of saying these kids are bad seeds or they're just very sick, when in reality, these are our children our sons and daughters, but just more importantly they sit in classes next to our sons and daughters around the world. >> one thing which joe biden's team will be looking at is mental health. what should tha
Dec 21, 2012 10:00pm PST
this collaboration of all our national news and science programs. check your local listings. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. we'll see you online and, as it's looking like the end is not upon us yet, again here monday evening. have a nice winter weekend. thanks for joining us. good night. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to le a healthy, productive life. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org